Mission statement WDC&AL Educational Department

Our mission is to inspire, stimulate and promote excellence in education for the World Dance Council and Amateur League (WDC and AL) community by:






-Development and identification of educational and learning styles and methods through training, resources, input and advocacy

-Cultivation of a desire to learn, to generate new knowledge, be challenged and appreciate diversity

-Continued commitment to development, pioneering and appreciation of multiple learning environments and perspectives

-Continued commitment to the appointment of highly educated and trained interdisciplinary professionals who train effectively and passionately within a broad based, collaborative environment

-Providing exceptional learning resources that are enhanced by the use of technology, internet resources and global support

-Dedication to the preservation of existing knowledge and archival material

-Challenging members through innovation in education to stretch beyond their current levels of knowledge and training to become an integral part of the WDC and AL community

-Design, development and implementation of programmes to meet the professional development needs of educators, coaches, adjudicators and dancers within the WDC and AL

-Working together to create and maintain an academic, physical, emotional, social and safe environment where each can learn and respect one another

Prof.Dr. Ruud Vermeij






A longstanding wish from the World Dance Council and Ruud Vermeij has finally come true.
In January 2011 the WDC decided to appoint Prof. Dr. Ruud Vermeij as head of the newly formed Education Department.

The main purpose of this department will be to educate teachers, coaches, adjudicators and dancers in general and make existing knowledge more accessable for all by creating a database.


In cooperation with the WDC Amateur League and the organizers of the festival in Paris Ruud initiated the official start of this project by organizing the first lecture of the department for teachers, coaches and adjudicators and seperate lectures also open for active dancers.

To celebrate this new initiative the World Dance Council and the organizers of Paris offer these lectures to all visitors of the festival free of charge!